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Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Philip Seymour Hoffman: The Greatest Actor of His Generation | via The Atlantic

For me, acting is torturous, and it’s torturous because you know it’s a beautiful thing. I was young once, and I said, “That’s beautiful and I want that.” Wanting it is easy, but trying to be great—well, that’s absolutely torturous. In the end, I’m grateful to feel something so deeply, and I’m also grateful that it’s over. And that’s my life.

There are few actors whose movies I see simply to see them act. Hoffman was one of them. Sorry I won’t get to see more…

 

UPDATE:

The quote above was not from The Atlantic, it was only quoted there. The original came from this article in the NY Times Magazine from December 2008. Quite good.

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February 2nd, 2014 at 5:14 pm

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Pete Seeger

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No possible reason I’d want to overtalk this other than to simply say that Pete Seeger has passed and that he was a regular contributor to the life of my son from the 4th grade on. What a remarkable man and what an amazing experience for my son. Incredible how accesible Mr. Seeger was. What a joy to have met and known him.

Good night sir, and Godspeed.

Pete Seeger’s NYTimes  Obituary.

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Pete Seeger

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January 28th, 2014 at 8:34 am

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Yup, iWork ’13 Sucks! Or not…

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Remember all those concerns about the cheesy new version of iWork? Remember how Apple was moving backwards. Remember how much crappy these apps were supposed to be?

Now, try to remember how often Apple updated those old versions of iWork when they were on a DVD and you maybe saw new features added to the app once every 2–3 years.

Mmmmhmmm…

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UPDATE:

As Dan Moren notes in his Macworld article on these updates, this update does not mark the complete return of all the features available in the previous version of iWork ’09, but it is an indicator of things to come. Which appear to be many and good.

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January 23rd, 2014 at 10:39 pm

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VIPOrbit Review

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My review of VIPOrbit is up at Macworld.com.

Great little app created in part by one of the original developers of ACT!. While it’s definitely a first gen product, meaning I saw a few glitches here and there, overall it’s a fantastic app that, as it grows, should become an amazing tool for managing your relationships. I highly recommend it.

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January 17th, 2014 at 10:06 am

Can We Say Good Riddance to this Clown Yet?

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Arbitrator’s Ruling Banishes the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez for a Season

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January 11th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

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QuickBooks for Mac 2014 Review

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My review of QuickBooks 2014 for Mac is now up at Macworld.com.

This, sadly, is still the same-old same-old from Intuit. It’s not a bad product, it just doesn’t add anything of super-duper value to the product.

And nope… no file level compatibility with the Windows product… Although it is a little better at getting your accountant’s changes updated to your live data without having to send the entire data file back and forth between you and your accountant.

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January 2nd, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Goodnight and Good Riddance

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Ahhh, Candlestick Park. I spent more than a few afternoons freezing my butt off in your bleachers with my father. Hope your last Niners’ game is great.

Don’t let the fog hit you in the ass on your way out the door.

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December 23rd, 2013 at 8:54 am

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